HR Seminars

Complimentary Professional Development Seminar Series - Earn credits toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification

The Future of Performance Reviews: Deliver the Basics or Change the Game? (10/27/2015)

There is a profound shift in the world of performance management. A handful of the Fortune 100 have traded in their tired evaluation processes for more progressive, communication-driven programs. Do the moves of these high-profile organizations signal a rebellion? Panelists review both sides of the debate and share their insights on streamlining the evaluation process; using coaching, training and real-time feedback to foster better communication; and redesigning the most effective programs to measure, recognize and reward performance.



Cindi Cervone, Senior Vice President, Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

James Luna, Talent (HR) Project Senior Manager, Deloitte

Lisa Pinion, HR Thought Leader, Pinion Solutions Group

Julie Wassmer, System Director, OD & Learning, Edward-Elmhurst Health

Recruiting in the Fast Lane: How to Compete in a Candidate-Driven Market (4/30/2015)

Now that the power has shifted away from the employer and candidates are back in the driver’s seat, companies have to work harder to attract top talent. How do you compete in a candidate-driven job market when those tried-and-true recruiting strategies of the past are no longer working? Panelists address the game-changing role of social media in recruiting and ways to enhance your online brand; proactive recruiting and tools for developing relationships with passive candidates; and the power behind collaborative workforce planning and key strategies related to employee retention and development.



Matt Grove, SPHR, Principal Consultant, Recruiting Toolbox

Jason Hutton, Senior Director of HR, Family Health Network
Jessica Cook, Director of Talent Acquisition, DePaul University

Hoopis Financial Group, Assurance and The Jellyvision Lab were honored by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of the Best Places to Work 2014.

Employee Retention & Recognition: Trends to Watch in 2015 (1/27/2015)

HR Leaders from four of Chicagoland’s most progressive organizations discuss two of today’s biggest workforce challenges: employee retention and recognition. Panelists share innovative strategies to increase employee retention; insights into generational perceptions of recognition; and strategies to drive employee engagement through powerful recognition programs.



Anne Allison, Executive Director, HR & Talent Development, Astellas Pharma
Peter Hoopis, Managing Partner and CEO, Hoopis Financial Group
Lisa Pinion, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Assurance
Mary Beth Wynn, Vice President of People, The Jellyvision Lab

Employment Law & Social Media: The Impact on Employers (10/28/2014)

The first in our series of professional development seminars addressed the intersection of employment law and social media. Panelists shared their insights on such topics as what can and cannot be used when making decisions on prospective and current employees; what the law does and does not protect with respect to the use of social media in the workplace; and how social media policies are developed and used.



Liz Durkin, Director, Talent Management & Human Resources, L2T Media
Laura Friedel, Partner, Levenfeld Pearlstein’s Labor and Employment Practice Group
Eileen Timmins, PhD, Chief Human Resources Officer, Muscular Dystrophy Association

The Steely Group hosts its seminar series at The Hyatt Lodge on McDonald’s Corporate Campus. Tracey Goldthwaite serves as Moderator.

Seminar Series Overview

As a value to the HR community, The Steely Group produces a popular series of professional development breakfast seminars. We host these events at The Lodge, a Hyatt property on McDonald’s Corporate Campus in Oak Brook, IL, and videotape them for on-demand viewing via our website and YouTube Channel. These events are offered free of charge to attendees with additional opportunities to earn credits toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.


Our next seminar will be held on Tuesday, May 10th, 2016, from 8AM – 10:30AM in The Lodge’s Grand Pavilion. Registration for this complimentary event will open March 31, 2016.